O365 is born for the masses but there is a strong push to have every Enterprise Agreement including the bridge CAL or O365 subscriptions to enable the use of Microsoft Cloud in the Enterprise level clients.
Things that should be offered:
A clear VLK and MAK allowed deployment practices. So customers using SCCM or any other management and operations tool can push software instead of using O365 methods.
Extending the SMB O365 subscriptions to include on premise CAL use rights. Allowing those EAs on the 250 to 300 device count or user count range to benefit from a lower O365 cost starting point.
EAs could totally transform to subscription however after decades of investment allowing clients to own the licenses instead of making a decision to use a subscription that ends services if discontinued. It will be nice for long-term Microsoft Enterprise clients to see this in the T&Cs.
And maybe last wish, have an O365 option that includes windows server CALs.
There is a still a long way to go for O365 to be positioned in the Enterprise, not only “sold” to the Enterprise but “used” and consume, more flexible licensing and deployment practices will help.
Office for Home cannot be used in a Business
the Terms and Conditions are clear, and with the upcoming release of Office 13 that will surely have a free upgrade path buying a PC in the next month or so some businesses may delay pc purchase
Volume Licensing with Software Assurance will grant the upgrade right for businesses.
I recommend a quick read to the following blog
Home and Business edition has no limit of users but cannot enjoy Volume Licensing rights for imaging for example.
Twitter users can be deceiving, is a global conversation anyways so you get every kind of opinion and that is the beauty of it.
Now, if we are rational about Windows 8 release what kind of things we can expect from Microsoft windows 8 release?
That is not Vista: so there will be no push for getting out of Windows 7 as soon as possible, like Vista tried with XP
That is multi device, built for the new OS demand, tablet/phone/pc
That is made to gain the hearts and minds of consumers more than IT professionals: because the home use is dictating and will dictate IT needs in organizations with the millennial generation
So with this things in mind better or worse than Android or iOS one things is certain, windows 8 brings the modernization of Microsoft to copy best practices from competitors such as Apple and the ipad device, as Microsoft is releasing their first tablet the “Surface”.
Where the power relies is on the integration of applications that are made for windows by Microsoft itself. It is the great integration of applications that will make windows8 successful towards others, and it will gain momentum in the corporate world first.
Yes the tile format offers a different approach to the user and may be likeable or not, I have no doubt it will be criticize however I think that is for Microsoft a step in the right direction
I would like to notice that the license is available in the usual channels and also in the Intune subscription, this interesting move makes me wonder how “device free” this is becoming, is a shift on licensing mentality that I welcome as will bring more possibilities to the market
Recently I spoke to a client looking to roll out Windows 7 that for several years has used Wyse terminals for thinclients. That was before Wyse started a relation with Microsoft for offering an embeded OS on teh Thinclients
Result: they were streaming a “vanilla”Xp from the server without a Volume License Windows or OEM
Terminal Server CALs or Remote Desktop Services CALs are NOT OK to substitute Windows OEM on the desktop or laptop
Get Genuine Agreement had to be put in placed
Here is a list of qualified OS.
Remember if you dont have OEM you better check out on compliance
As requested, you can see below only OEM from MS or Apple are qualified on devices for Microsoft licensing
The qualifying operating systems by Program type are: